God made each and every person on the planet with love, designed on purpose and with a special ability or gift to use for Him and others as an act of worship. There are no exceptions here.
So maybe fasting isn’t your thing, maybe it is. Maybe healing isn’t your thing but maybe it is. Maybe art isn’t your thing but maybe it is. So many options, so many needs in the church and kingdom of Jesus. Maybe you just don’t want to use your ability for God. Then don’t claim to be a follower of Christ/ a Christian and that would be a horrible decision. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then follow Him and use your gifts and abilities He gave you for Him and others.
The church is full of people not doing a dang thing. If you can’t be bothered, don’t even bother going. God made you, made everything that you appreciate, made everything good and on top n of that when we screwed up, Jesus came down here and suffered an agonizing death to redeem us. So what are you doing for Him?
Believing is good and well and may, may squeeze you into heaven, but what is belief without the fruit of that belief? What is the faith without using it to pray? What good is truth without sharing it? What is talk with no action?
We would be in a revival if the church Christians would wake up like it matters. Christians should be about God’s business. He has a lot going on right now. There us a lot of work to do. Christians should be missionary- minded. Christians should not be wrapped up in themselves and the world nor should they ever be lazy.❤
My dad worked more and harder than any person I had ever known or heard of. He did this all his life. He taught me that work ethic. And when asked when he ever rests, he always said, “I’ll rest in heaven.” There was always work to be done, either the kind that pays the bills but often what other people needed. He helped anyone who ever asked him. He did not say no just because he was tired. He was built for hard labor, made able to work and he saw it as a gift from God to be used for him. I have that gift, he passed it down. I live that gift as much as I love playing the piano or singing or writing or handsewing or being mom. And when God gives us a gift or talent, we are truly happiest and most at peace and full of joy when we are actively using that gift for God, for other people and even for us. God designs that into our fabric. Do what you desire to do deep inside more than anything else. Everyone happiest as a different gift and chances are that what you desire to do deep down and what comes naturally is your God-given unique gift. It is all yours. Just do it. You will be so very happy you did! Love you! ❤
There was this boy who carried a box to school for show and tell. It was something he found by the creek that was unique and fun and a treasure to him. I fact, the boy got to thinking about just how special his little frog was that he starting wondering if anyone else really deserved to see his treasure. so show and tell time came and went and he sat and held his box, refusing to share. Several days went by and a horrible odor emanated from his box. You see, he was so busy protecting his treasure from other people that he did not nurture it and feed it and his precious frog died. We are often like that little boy. So eager to protect our talents and treasures that we end up pocketing them and keep them them ourselves, without allowing them to be released to their full potential. They were gifts from God and end up benefitting no one. We have themohemo use them, nurture them, share them. It is amazing how God blesses our efforts when we use the gifts He gave us.
I am not talking about presents, so sorry to disappoint those looking for ettiquette on when to purchase the white towels versus a vase of flowers, etc. for different occasions. There arose of late a deep discussion on whether people are really gifted at all or not gifted. It was an unheated but passionate discussion with a teenager who may or may not believe in God but who believes people are not really given gifts from Him, they just like something and practice it to become better. So, I played a scale on the piano (one of my alleged gifts) in a cold straight way. And I said, anyone can do this who likes to play the piano and practices. But were I to ask someone without a gift for music to play the same exact scale conveying happiness or sadness or ambition or hope, chances are this practiced person would look at me confused and play it exactly the same way. However, someone with a gift for music would not hesitate to express those exact things using those same notes. Unbelieving me, I did it. I made that simple C scale be whatever emotion I stated. You see, when you see a gift of God, some particular ability that may not be exclusively given to you but is definitely unique among many, it can only be described as a gift from someone able to do more than most people are able to do. And God of course is the creator of life and giver of gifts. Someone who does not possess advanced knowledge cannot give to someone what they do not have. In an easier manner, I can’t give you a pizza unless I can make pizza first. So, gifts, special abilities that seem to amaze people in that particular area of giftedness, are from God. And here is the rub, He gives us these gifts for a reason. The reason is to help people and worship Him with it. He gives diverse gifts because when everyone uses their gifts, collectively everything we need is provided. It is a big picture perspective that explains everything. All these detailed gifts are for the collective and ultimately for God who made them all. It is beautiful to be a part of such a cohesive unit, a purpose we can all believe in and be for. If you contemplate this for a bit, you will find a new passion for your gifting. It is beautiful to consider!